Black and white image of hands crossed behind someone's back

Shadows of Misery

Country of Origin: Nigeria

Sitting in the shadows of misery

Unraveling imprisoned dreams

Wishing I can set them free to the sky

Wishing I gave them my wings, 

make them fly

Sitting in the palace of no dreaming

Wondering why there are no ceilings

Wishing my thoughts knew no limits

Wishing my tomorrow is so vivid.

Sitting in the gardens of no feelings

Bury by darkness, no seasons

Wishing the heat could caress my dark skin

Wishing the pages would light my world still

Sitting in the darkness with myself,

I realize the light is in my hands.

Thank you to Amber Harris for their inspired edit on this piece and everyone else on the Fiction team.

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Aderemi Eniola, best known as "Deremi Enny," is a poet from Nigeria, West Africa. He reinvents the ancient West African writing style, blending culture with a clear intent to tell cautionary tales and bring ears closer to Africa's shores. Coming across poetry in his early years left a lasting impression on him, putting him in awe of how feelings can be expressed and how big messages can be passed in a line. Upon discovering this alchemy, he sets about creating gold from mere words. He was influenced by the work of master writers like Christopher Okigbo, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, George Orwell, and Dostoevsky. Deremi Enny is out to create a world out of his writings. You can either find him discussing the state of affairs or teaching children. When he is not doing either, he is in a small town in "Ayobo" selling fish.

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